Carved by nature in the riverbed way below the beautiful Mac Mac Falls in Mpumalanga lie crystal-clear pools that provide welcome respite for the hot and weary.

The Mac Mac Pools make for a popular picnic area next to a shallow river that drops into a series of naturally formed plunge pools. These pristine pools are irresistible after a hot day of sightseeing in the Lowveld.

Picnic spots have been created with braai facilities and ablutions, while a 3km nature trail winds through the grasslands to the base of the Mac Mac Falls. The route makes for excellent birding. Keep an eye out for the large and distinctive secretary bird.


Welcome to our newly established internet presence!

To date we have been jointly operating under the eX-Base Photography banner, but we recently had the privilege to expand our equipment base and skill-sets and as a result decided to split our operation into three streams –

  • Nomads – Nature photography and Travel reviews (Operated by Xander and Mariaan Buys)
  •  eX-Base Photography – Architectural, Concert and Lifestyle photography (Operated by Xander Buys)
  • Purple Hat Photography – Architectural and Lifestyle photography (Operated by Mariaan Buys – coming soon!)

This restructuring will allow us to publish relevant content in a more structured and logical fashion and also allow us to showcase our individual portfolios.

Going forward all new nature- and travel related content will be published on this site, with back-links to previous content captured by eX-Base Photography.  This is why a lot of the images will continue to show the eX-Base Photography branding.  Photo albums and reviews will also redirect to the respective eX-Base Photography Flickr and Tripadvisor websites.  This will be rectified in time, please bear with us.

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